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My Dad and his 2 brothers joined up Dec 8th. My Uncle told me that they made the decision together that morning and all 3 went to the recruiting office together. 
He said when they got there the line was around the block to sign up. 
 

My Dad joined the Army as a combat engineer and built and rebuilt runway’s in the Azores and Aleutian Islands. 
 

Uncle Salvatore joined the Marines and fought in New Guinea. 
 

Uncle Nick joined the Navy but always refused to talk about it. 
 

 

 

 

 

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My dad was a Sargeant in the Army Air Corps when they attacked Pearl. They were called out to the flight line to stand in the cold several times. Dad told me there was a lot of confusion, and, they expected other attacks. He ended up serving in the Solomon Islands area, and made it back home after his tour.                                              We were lucky he made it back home.

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4 hours ago, Mike L said:

My Dad joined the Army as a combat engineer and built and rebuilt runway’s in the Azores and Aleutian Islands. 

My Dad served I the Aleutian's too! He was in the old Army Air Corp, stationed at a radar outpost.

 

I always remember December 7th and the attack on Pearl Harbor. I also remember 12/07/81 as the day I ets'd out of the Army. Good times ??

24 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

My grandpa helped build the bombs that ended it . He took the details to the grave though 

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I bet he worked in Oak Ridge! Those were some unsung heroes.

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45 minutes ago, volzfan59 said:

My Dad served I the Aleutian's too! He was in the old Army Air Corp, stationed at a radar outpost.

 

I always remember December 7th and the attack on Pearl Harbor. I also remember 12/07/81 as the day I ets'd out of the Army. Good times ??

I bet he worked in Oak Ridge! Those were some unsung heroes.

You guessed it 

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3 hours ago, Mobasser said:

My dad was a Sargeant in the Army Air Corps when they attacked Pearl.

 

2 hours ago, volzfan59 said:

My Dad served I the Aleutian's too! He was in the old Army Air Corp

 

My wife's Dad was Army Air Corp, photographer in Europe. 

 

My sister-in-law's Mom & Dad were Army Air Corp. They were the first couple to marry where the bride & groom with both in the military.

 

 

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My maternal grandmother was the most important person in my life. Her older brother was on the USS Arizona when it was hit on 12/7/41. Her older brother was her hero, so it changed her life quite a bit. Needless to say, she could be a little discriminatory towards the Japanese after that, but I understood why.

 

 I don't want to turn this into mudslinging about the current generation, but that generation's heros -guys like Ted Williams- signed up to fight in the war. Can you picture someone like LeBron doing that today? I can't. They were truly cut from a different cloth.

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1 minute ago, KSanford33 said:

My maternal grandmother was the most important person in my life. Her older brother was on the USS Arizona when it was hit on 12/7/41. Her older brother was her hero, so it changed her life quite a bit. Needless to say, she could be a little discriminatory towards the Japanese after that, but I understood why.

 

 I don't want to turn this into mudslinging about the current generation, but that generation's heros -guys like Ted Williams- signed up to fight in the war. Can you picture someone like LeBron doing that today? I can't. They were truly cut from a different cloth.

Agree. This is why they call them Americas Best Generation. Hard working, non quitter folks, and tough as nails. There's a lot to admire about them.

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I had a Brother in Law that was at Pearl Harbor when the attack happened. He was on a ship next to the Arizona. He said he was blown off the ship into the water. I can not remember the name of the ship he was on. He passed away eleven years ago at the age of 93. 

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My now deceased Grandfather who died in 2006 fought in WW2. He was in a ground infantry unit that liberated Buchenwald concentration camp.

 

He never talked about it much but a few things he did mention…he said his unit was always so hungry when they were moving through rural Germany. They would come across German civilian farms and butcher their chickens and hogs on site because they were so desperate for meat.  He said he always felt bad about “stealing” people’s livestock but they were on the verge of starving.

 

He also showed me German items he took off a German soldier he killed. He had a sword, compass, and knife. All with swastika logos on them.

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5 hours ago, KSanford33 said:

My maternal grandmother was the most important person in my life. Her older brother was on the USS Arizona when it was hit on 12/7/41. Her older brother was her hero, so it changed her life quite a bit. Needless to say, she could be a little discriminatory towards the Japanese after that, but I understood why.

 

 I don't want to turn this into mudslinging about the current generation, but that generation's heros -guys like Ted Williams- signed up to fight in the war. Can you picture someone like LeBron doing that today? I can't. They were truly cut from a different cloth.

Ever heard of pat Tillman? 

49 minutes ago, gimruis said:

My now deceased Grandfather who died in 2006 fought in WW2. He was in a ground infantry unit that liberated Buchenwald concentration camp.

 

He never talked about it much but a few things he did mention…he said his unit was always so hungry when they were moving through rural Germany. They would come across German civilian farms and butcher their chickens and hogs on site because they were so desperate for meat.  He said he always felt bad about “stealing” people’s livestock but they were on the verge of starving.

 

He also showed me German items he took off a German soldier he killed. He had a sword, compass, and knife. All with swastika logos on them.

I have a couple German daggers and a bayonet  my other grandpa got off dead German soldiers 

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14 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

Ever heard of pat Tillman? 

I have a couple German daggers and a bayonet  my other grandpa got off dead German soldiers 

I have. And although I have enormous respect for him, he wasn't really an elite player in the NFL the way Ted Williams was in baseball. But you're absolutely right, there are still people who have the bravery and ethics (for lack of a better term) to serve.

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On 12/7/2022 at 7:45 PM, Log Catcher said:

 He was on a ship next to the Arizona. He said he was blown off the ship into the water. I can not remember the name of the ship he was on. 

 

The maintenance/repair ship USS Vestal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My dad arrived at Pearl Harbor on his birthday, December 16, 1941. He was in the Navy and remained there for the duration of the war.

Funny, I may have missed it but I didn't hear a word of praise or remembrance from our administration about this day that was to be " a date that will live in infamy." Shame.

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14 hours ago, Nitro 882 said:

“Funny, I may have missed it but I didn't hear a word of praise or remembrance from our administration about this day that was to be " a date that will live in infamy." Shame”


 


https://ru.usembassy.gov/a-proclamation-on-national-pearl-harbor-remembrance-day-2022/

 

 

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